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or anthropomorphous

[an-thruh-puh-mawr-fik] /ˌæn θrə pəˈmɔr fɪk/
ascribing human form or attributes to a being or thing not human, especially to a deity.
resembling or made to resemble a human form:
an anthropomorphic carving.
Origin of anthropomorphic
1820-30; anthropo- + -morphic
Related forms
anthropomorphically, anthropomorphously, adverb
Can be confused
anthropocentric, anthropomorphic, homocentric. Unabridged
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  • But it is an obstacle especially formidable to any kind of anthropomorphic theism.

  • It was anthropomorphic of O'Donnell to see the leech as an enemy.

    The Leech Phillips Barbee
  • Those who held to the belief in an anthropomorphic personal God who was benevolent, omniscient, and omnipotent.

    The Necessity of Atheism Dr. D.M. Brooks
  • The Idealists were of an anthropomorphic race, dark-skinned like the terran Indian.

    Cubs of the Wolf Raymond F. Jones
  • Mechanism, here, reproaches finalism with its anthropomorphic character, and rightly.

    Creative Evolution Henri Bergson
  • This is only another form of the anthropomorphic conceptions of deity.

  • To vindicate his spirituality the anthropomorphic passages in the Koran must be understood metaphorically.

  • That is to say, a philosophy must either be anthropomorphic, or no philosophy at all.

    Bygone Beliefs H. Stanley Redgrove
  • Is, then, the anthropomorphic God as momentary and as accidental in the system of the world as that vapoury spectre?

British Dictionary definitions for anthropomorphic


of or relating to anthropomorphism
resembling the human form
Derived Forms
anthropomorph, noun
anthropomorphically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for anthropomorphic

1806, from anthropomorphous + -ic. Originally in reference to regarding God or gods as having human form and human characteristics; of animals and other things from 1858; the sect of the Antropomorfites is mentioned in English from mid-15c. (see anthropomorphite).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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